The regulation fetish has become a form of magical thinking. In the thinking of the regulation fetishist, the lack of explicit permission from authority is in and of itself dangerous, but the danger could be easily neutralized by a talismanic permit!
The fact that these professionals have already adhered to countless existing regulations and have been trained to safely deal with bodily fluids and infection risk is immaterial to the regulation fetishist. The government has not explicitly granted permission for this exact activity. In this mindset anything that is not enumerated as an allowed activity is dangerous and should be forbidden.
Continuing education of medical practitioners is incredibley valuable to society.
> And at the Disney lab last month, coffee and tea were available near one cadaver station. After a Reuters reporter asked if this were allowed, the refreshments were removed from the room.
1 - https://www.amazon.com/Stiff-Curious-Lives-Human-Cadavers/dp...
I don't have any specific experience with these sorts of cadaver labs, but I can tell you that preserved flesh looks and responds quite a bit differently than live tissue. Especially if you're trying to teach surgical techniques, I can see the benefit of using a cadaver that hasn't been chemically preserved.
Yes, the word "risk" is used. But the Osterholm quote is not a medical risk analysis. To decide what, if anything, should be done differently, it is necessary to both quantify the risk, and decide what level of risk the public finds tolerable for convention centers.
I would be surprised if the risk of infectious disease from cadavers in the convention center is as high as the risk of infectious disease when the convention center is packed to capacity with germ-carrying people there to watch power point presentations.
But Superbugs keep adapting to antibiotics etc. I am skeptical of the idea that dunking dead bodies in chemicals is anywhere near as effective as a living immune system.
Living microbes seem to adapt if all they are faced with is poison of some sort. In fact, petrochemical spills can be remediated with an injection of microbes that eat petrochemicals.
Well, if the physicians & surgeons consuming the food & drink don't care, why should we? Presumably they are educated and trained enough to consider the risks.
> Second, it's impossible to properly clean up hotel ballroom spaces from blood borne pathogens compared to labs available in teaching hospitals.
I imagine that it's the teaching hospitals who sponsored this report — it's in their interest to see this kind of thing banned, because then they'd have a monopoly on cadaver labs.
Physicians have some of the worst hand washing hygiene in hospitals. Not sure I'll take advice on sanitation from them: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/doctors-hand-hygiene-plummets-w...